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Burr Adds Subcommittee Staff

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) announced several changes to the staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee on bioterrorism and public health late last month.

Bob Kadlec has been brought on board as staff director for the subcommittee. Kadlec is a veteran of the Air Force, having graduated from that branch’s academy and from the medical school at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences.

He recently completed three years of work at the Homeland Security Council as the director of biodefense preparedness and response. In that post, he worked on the nation’s smallpox vaccination policy and ran BioWatch, a federal program that monitors the air for biological weapons.

Jenny Hansen joins the staff as health policy director. For more than six years, Hansen has worked for Burr on health care legislation related to the Food and Drug Administration, Medicare and Medicaid.

Prior to joining Burr’s staff, Hansen worked at the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, a government commission that is “charged with examining the Medicare program and making recommendations to strengthen and improve it in time for the retirement of the ‘Baby Boomers,’” according to its Web site. Hansen holds a bachelor’s in public policy from Duke University.

Kendall Byrum joins the team as a staff assistant. Previously, Byrum served as an intern in Burr’s personal office and worked at Meyers and Associates, a Washington-based lobbying firm. She graduated from Meredith College in 2003 with a bachelor’s in political science.

Latham Hires New LC.

Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) brought Christina Marinos onto his staff in April as a legislative correspondent. Marinos had been working for the Congressman as an intern since January, and prior to that, served as deputy election day coordinator for Iowa Victory ’04.

The Mason City, Iowa, native graduated from Drake University in 2004. She will handle issues related to the environment, guns, the Interior, welfare, human services and the U.S. Postal Service.

Snowe Picks New LD.

Ray Krncevic has been promoted to legislative director and counsel in the office of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

He has been handling telecommunications and other Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee matters for Snowe, as well as issues related to the judiciary and election law. Before signing up with Snowe, Krncevic practiced law in the private sector for five years. He specialized in commercial, telecommunications, labor and environmental law.

Krncevic hails from Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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